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To Lighten Your Mood – 28 April 2013

Every Sunday night, around this time, I quietly sit alone and reflect on the week that is ending. The conversations I’ve had, jokes I’ve been told, things I’ve read, videos I’ve seen, radio I’ve listened to. All that kind of thing.

PREPARATION TIME 50 YEARS: Sophie Hurst, Christopher Pearce (the school's youngest student), and Alexandria Piggott with the school's celebratory cake. (IMG_8673-edit_ARB)This week, for instance, I’m thinking of Syria: praying, in fact, both for the people whose plight is only now being realised, and for the world leaders who’ve got to sort out that desperately difficult and sorry situation.

Of my own personal highlights this week, I’m pleased to have been a part of my school’s fiftieth birthday celebrations on Tuesday, was delighted to manage more runs up Winter Hill than my classmates, and loved going up the ArcelorMittal Orbit Tower at the Olympic Park today. (more…)

Hello BST: Clocks Go Forward Tonight – 30 March 2013

Clocks go forward one hour ‘tonight’.

CHANGING TIMES: The clocks go forward one hour tonight, as we welcome back BST. (IMG_9194)

At 1:00am GMT tomorrow morning (‘tonight’), clocks across Europe move forward one hour for Daylight Saving, to become 2:00am BST. It marks the annual start of British Summertime (BST), seeing us through until 27 October. It effectively means that there will be no 1:30am tomorrow – at 1:00am, we jump to 2:00am.

But why bother?

The excellent website of Woodlands Junior School in Kent explains: We’ve been changing our clocks forwards and backwards in the UK since 1916. It’s all to do with saving the hours of daylight, and was started by a man called William Willett, a London builder, who lived in Petts Wood in Kent (near our school). William Willett first proposed the idea of British Summer Time in 1907 in a pamphlet entitled ‘The Waste of Daylight’. Willett had noticed that the summer mornings’ light was wasted while people slept, and that the time would be better utilised in the afternoon by putting the clocks forward. After campaigning for years the British Government finally adopted the system a year after Willett’s death.

There’s plenty more where that came from.

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Happy New Year – 1 January 2013

Andrew Burdett wishes all readers a very happy new year.

Friendship Festival 2009

Big Ben has chimed and 2012 has sadly drawn to a close, but let us embrace 2013 – after all, it’s here to stay (at least for the next 365 days)!

I wish all readers a very happy new year, and take this opportunity to thank those that have been with me throughout 2012 for their loyalty.

There’s still a backlog of posts to come with details of some of my 2012 adventures – and soon there’ll be a video ‘review of the year’ for you to enjoy as well – so look out for them, but until then, happy new year.